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Taxicab Accidents in the Bronx, NY

  • Published: October 9, 2019

The taxi has become the iconic method of transportation for New York, so much so that an aerial view of New York appears to be a sea of yellow due to the thousands of taxis on the streets. With so many taxis, accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. Most accidents are minor, but some result in serious injuries and fatalities.

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) keeps track of crashes involving their licensed drivers that result in critical and fatal injuries each year. According to data from the TLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were about 30 critical or fatal injury crashes per 100,000 TLC-licensed cabs, compared to just 10 crashes per 100,000 registered passenger cars across the country. This means that you are statistically more likely to be in a serious wreck when you step into the back of a cab than a non-commercial vehicle.

If you have been involved in an accident with a taxi in the Bronx, you should be aware of your rights and legal protections. Talk with an experience taxi cab accident attorney to evaluate your case as soon as possible.

Taxi Cab Regulations

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission regulates the operation of taxis. They require that drivers are trained to drive safely and be courteous at all times. They also provide safety measures for riders, including seat belts for all occupants, and ban driver cellphone use while driving unless a hands-free system is being used.

Unfortunately, the TLC does not revoke taxi licenses for drivers who have caused fatal accidents, in spite of all their regulations to keep New Yorkers and tourists alike safe while hiring a ride. As long as drivers have not been charged with a crime related to the accident, they can return to driving other passengers immediately.

Causes of Taxi Accidents/Injuries

Some of the most common reasons for taxi accidents are:

  • Fatigue: Taxi drivers work very long hours. Consequently, their judgment may be impaired, and their reflexes may be slower when responding to sudden events. Numerous studies have found that spending eight or more hours on the road (what might be considered a typical work day) leads to slower response times.
  • Violating traffic laws: Taxi drivers who are in a rush and feeling stressed may make aggressive lane changes, tailgate, or speed to transport passengers to their destination.
  • Distracted driving: Any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the safe operation of the taxi is potentially dangerous.
  • Weather conditions: Inclement weather creates hazardous conditions for drivers to navigate. Snow, ice, freezing rain, etc., combined with heavy traffic, can be deadly.
  • Visibility: Studies have shown that due to its bright color, yellow taxis have less accidents than taxis painted duller colors.
  • Driving under the influence: If you are driving with anyone who appears intoxicated, the safest course of action is to find another taxi.
  • Equipment malfunctions: Although the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission is responsible for inspecting, repairing, and maintaining all taxis, vehicle malfunctions such as tire blow-outs, broken seat belts, and brakes that suddenly fail may occur.
  • Potholes: New York streets are infamous for their potholes. Driving carelessly over a pothole can cause passengers to become injured.
  • Construction: Construction zones are very common and if they are not appropriately marked or contained, taxi drivers may have a difficult time navigating their vehicle safely in those areas.
  • Partitions: Some researchers speculate that the presence of partitions between the front and back seat might lead to more injuries, especially when passengers are not wearing their seat belts.
  • Driver inexperience: New or part-time cab drivers were over five times more likely to commit traffic violations than experienced, full-time drivers, according to the TLC.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious taxi cab accident, speaking with a knowledgeable auto accidents attorney who is familiar with personal injury cases and NY laws can help you determine whether you should pursue damages to cover your medical expenses and any wages you lost if you had to miss work because of your injuries. 

The Law Office of Reuven Epstein – Here to protect and promote the rights of those injured in taxi cab accidents

If you have been injured in a taxi accident, you need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced taxi accident attorneys in the Bronx, NY, who will determine the responsible party and help you get the full compensation you deserve. Attorney Reuven Epstein has been handling taxi cab and other auto accidents claims in the Bronx and the greater NYC area for over 50 years; he works tirelessly to secure his clients the resources they need to recover from the physical, financial, and mental burden they’ve suffered.

At the Law Office of Reuven Epstein, we handle each and every case with compassion and understanding for what victims of taxi cab accidents have gone through due to their driver’s negligence. We feel strongly about advocating for the rights of injured people and have built a reputation for mounting unyielding opposition to the taxi cab driver and their company that wronged them.

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